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Hepatitis C: Diet and Exercise

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Contrary to the claims of many books and websites, there's no such thing as a proven hepatitis C diet or exercise plan. In fact, you should be wary of any program that promises a cure. Your best bet is to eat right and get regular exercise.

Eat Right

What should you be eating? The same diet everyone should follow for good health.

Eat lots of fruits and vegetables and cut back on unhealthy fats and sugar.

If you want to try something that sounds a little off the wall, check it out with your doctor first.

Some people with hepatitis C find that the disease makes them less hungry. If this happens to you, try eating smaller meals more often.

Get Your Exercise

Exercise can make you feel stronger. It can also help with the depression caused by some hepatitismedications.

Of course, hopping on a treadmill may be the last thing you feel like doing. One of the main symptoms of hepatitis C is fatigue. When you're wiped out, the idea that exercise will help doesn't seem to make sense. But it really does make a difference.

The CDC suggests you get 30 minutes of moderate exercise at least 5 days a week. If that's too much for you, start with 10 minutes and work your way up.

What About Alcohol?

Alcohol can damage your liver on its own. That's why it's especially risky for people with a liver infection like hepatitis C. However, doctors don't agree about whether you should stop drinking or just cut down.

Some doctors say that you should cut out all alcohol. Others feel it's OK to limit it to a glass of wine with dinner or a beer at the ballgame.

However, no one with hepatitis C should drink regularly.

Ask your doctor whether you should drink alcohol and, if so, how much is safe.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by David Zelman, MD on September 23, 2014
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